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On Stage With Peter Yarrow 2012

 

 

Peter Yarrow

In Concert 2012

 

 

        PETER YARROW & CHRIS YARROW

Friday night in a small venue in a small town in the middle of Oregon a performer of all time played in our tiny historical Tower Theater. What a delight!

For anyone that dare think that because this performance was lacking two of the all time popular and famous folk music trio Peter Paul & Mary please think again. This man of age 70 years young was on fire last night. As Peter Yarrow and his son Chris Yarrow began the evening we did not have any idea what was in store for us.

We knew the trio’s music, we could all sing every lyric, but in deciding to buy the tickets for last night’s performance over 3.5 months ago this was not my mind-set in wanting to see this legend performer and song writer.

I just wanted to be in the same room with this man who was part of what was such a huge movement in my then younger self.  This trio Peter Paul & Mary helped foster in myself the rebel for cause, my politics began about the time I first heard their sociopolitical commentary.

I was young long-haired lady who believed that if we put our voices together in harmony we could accomplish so much. That we could change this world we lived in and we could right the wrongs, we could bring justice to the unjust, we could make our government listen to us, and we could stop wars.

This was for me the late 1960’s and it seems I had been listening to Peter Paul and Mary my whole life.

It was only natural that as their voices became a strength for our country, and that I would become a fast and loyal follower of the wars they took on and a follower of their music. I was introduced to many other folk musician’s by these three amazing people. I wanted my voice to harmonize just like Mary Travers did, and I would sit for hours and hours practicing to be a folk artist and harmonize like Mary.

But no one can ever do Mary Traver’s justice. RIP Mary.

Peter Yarrow (PY) performed last night acoustically of course. Pure sweet music from his 6 string folk guitar. The combination of PY’s voice with the sounds of the strings playing off the theater’s acoustics was really phenomenal.  His son Chris, his accompanist’s plays the WashTub Bass. Seriously awesome bass sounds and rhythm that comes from a typical vintage wash tub, a string attached to a long stick shaped instrument.   The amazing thing is that with this instrument Chris Yarrow had just one string to find his chords. The note changes  and chord progressions Chris is able to master parallels with the great Bassist’s  who performed with P P & M like Bill Lee,  Russ Savakus, and my all time personal favorite Richard Kniss. It was very cool how Chris was able to provide the same back drop sound to his father’s gentle hand on the 6 string, and as Chris’ voice blended in perfect harmony with that of his father’s the whole evening tool on a surreal feel that took me back some 40 plus years.

There was not a silent voice in the house last night.

As PY asked to have the stage lights brought up he looked like the same young man, only wiser. Yes he has aged and grown gray like we all have. What good folk artist would dye their hair for heaven’s sake?  Yet there is not an ounce of that aging in his voice. It’s as strong as ever with bravado and vigor.  He took us through the evening with music that so many of us in the house had grown up with, and the amazing thing is that there are still new generations born every day that are learning about the art of folk music through this man. The kids in the audience ranged from 18 to a babies. The adults in the audience seemed to range from 19 to 99. I was so pleasantly delighted to see that so many are still touched by the stories and music PY has to share with us.

The evening’s music se lists wee from the very early days of  P P & M. As the evening began we heard Day is Done… and he only became stronger and more vibrant as the evening went on,  the entire house sang along with each and every song and the room began to descend back to the early years of peace & love.

The playlist was long. They played for 1.5 hours before ever breaking. All though because so much part of the evening felt a bit surreal to me I can possibly name every song they played for us, but just not in the exact order the two sets were played.

What we heard live last night from Peter & Chris Yarrow was memorable in every sense of the word.  One artist “A Legend” and one to find his own footing and make a name of his own.

PY started out with a couple songs, then lead us straight away into sharing with us his love and devotion he always had and will have for Mary. His “Work Wife”.

Before launching into this next song Peter  shared with us how much he misses his side kick mary Travers. (1936-2009)

Sadly our Mary died two years ago from complications associated with chemotherapy she was receiving for a bone-marrow transplant as treatment for leukemia,  PY asked if we would be Mary’s harmony in  “Leaving On A Jet Plane”  *Deep sigh*

Only too happy to help in his request the room lit up with heartfelt sadness and much love for this woman whose voice came into our homes, and whose lullaby we sang to our own children and grandchildren.
God Speed Ms Travers. you mended my heart, and gave me courage at the time  that has impacted who I am today. You brought to us to what you so lovingly gave.

And with Mary’s spirit filling the room Peter asked once again for the stage lights to be lowered, and at the same time he wanted the house lights lifted too. He wanted to see us.. …He wanted to know what “Bendites” who would pay upwards of $80 to see him on a Friday night looked like. He could not believe we were there to see him!

Yet we were. All of us. And that his son Chris who resides in Portland Oregon was with him was our gift. A bonus.

Some of the play list all though certainly not correct in order I believe says so much.

Day Is Done

For Lovin’ Me.

Light One Candle

DON’T LAUGH AT ME   This very important song  when it was first written was extremely relevant and still is today if not more so because of the influx of bullying. * I will write a bit more about this special song below.

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

Have You Been To Jail For Justice?

If I Had A Hammer

IT AIN’T ME BABE

Like The First Time

MUSIC SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS

Lemon Tree

Gilgarra Mountain

BLOWING IN THE WIND

The night was a  spectacular benefit for our local non-profit  (PLAN) that helps to provide performing arts to students in school. In the classroom and in the performing art venues the kid are introduced to arts such as Folk Music. Peter donated and added his own art work & autograph to an acoustic guitar (seen in photo above with guitar facing the front of the house.) that in the evening was auctioned of to the highest bidder, with all proceeds going to this non-profit. With Peter doing the auctioning in between verses the proceeds he garnered were $1999 & $2000. You see there were two strong and persistent bidders. So in the end Peter said they both would each win a guitar because they bid with so much passion and as Peter kept reminding us all: it was not about the guitar, it was about the love and passion being shown for such a fine and valuable agency in our schools. He is right. So in the end just from the auctioned guitars Peter Yarrow and the citizens who went to see him raised almost $4000 in just a short 5 minutes.

Bravo Peter Yarrow!

The *song ” DON’T LAUGH AT ME”  is a song about intolerance and hate. It’s about racism, about how we can stop these acts of violence and intolerance in our children if we just try. In 2000  Operation Respect a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence was founded by Peter Yarrow.

http://www.operationrespect.org/curricula/index.php If you have children in your life you really owe it the kids by accessing this information and assistance.

This is a free world-wide program in many different languages with an incredible list of downloadable projects for parents and educators to carry out the practice of social justice for all in ll children.

And finally for me the Piece DE Resistance of the evening:

Puff The Magic Dragon. Now if you don’t know who Peter Yarrow is, or who the folk music trio Peter Paul & Mary are I know you know this song.

This is the family song of all P P & M. How many times have we sat together singing this song?

You know the story. Well Peter changed part of it. Instead of Puff being sad because Jackie Paper  came no more… Peter invented Jackie’s daughter. So Puff could slip happily from his cave again.

Peter also asked us how many of us had heard the rumor?  He laughed about this item that years ago could have quite possible become a dragon in its own right and roared P P & M into oblivion. but like Puff who lives on forever so will it be true for a folk music trio.

Just before finally singing Puff Peter first asked children 18 yrs and younger to join him on the stage to  help sing Puff The Magic Dragon with him. The kids who were with us last night didn’t need to be asked twice.

None of them. Not even this Barefoot Baroness.

For when Peter Yarrow invited kids of all ages up to the stage I was not shy. Being in the 3rd row I was right near the  right-wing of the stage and off I went. Not even thinking to leave my camera behind I made my way up to stand with my neighbors to Peter & Chris Yarrow. I began first to sing, then realizing I had my camera with me I opted to sneak in a few shots. The people on the stage,  the children, and one baby combined could not have been more than a dozen people total on stage with Peter Yarrow.

A couple of great close-ups I manged in my excitement. (see below)

At the end of the song Peter & Chris graciously thanked each person by shaking hands and hugging. As I was  one of the last person on stage with them I stepped up to Peter when he smiled my way…..Stepping closer, he reached out to take my hands I could not restrain myself from putting my two hands on each side of his handsome face, one hand on each cheek, and pulling him closer to my lips. Lightly & gently we shared a perfect kiss of friendship.

My absolute favorite photo of a very sweet  moment. Just after Peter had softened the music to Puff , he gently slowed the lyrics and music down to finally an absolute hush… he put the microphone up to this bay’s mouth and a complete utter silence fell over the entire theater.

Then this sweet baby child whose back of soft wispy hair you see in the above photo said ever so quietly,” mmmm…”

The entire audience, Peter & Chris, those on stage, we all shared in laughter that tickles the heart like only a child can. It was just very special and I was so grateful I was on the stage and I captured that moment to live on forever each time I look at it again.

It was a great party. An intimate evening with the Yarrow men.

Peter Yarrow let me remind you is 70 years young, and he had been performing for almost 3.5 hours at this point, taking no break for himself choosing instead to spend in with his fans. Yet he still only left the stage for an intermission to sign autographs.

After these two extremely talented, yet down to earth men took their final bow to a Standing Ovation the audience cried Encore!

For his encore number he had the whole entire theater up on their feet in a hell raising rendition of  ‘This Land Is Your land, This Land is my land”

Thank you Peter, Thank you Chris!  It was the most wonderful kind of evening.

Please do come back~

©tjhelser 2012

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Re-Blogged from Strange Trip Times. Check Him Out!

Just saw this cool button to reblog this man’s great blog. The insights and talents that may have remained hidden to the likes of us had it not been for blogging and his willingness to take a risk. I am so happy he did. Come along with me and enjoy the ride with this Strange Trip Times. It’s a great trek.

ALL- Around Wonderful Blogger Award.~ Seriously?

All-Around Wonderful Blogger

Once again I have been touched beyond anything that I am able to express in words. I know! Me not having any words to say about something.
Yet this award has taken me from feeling a bit blue (only because I am not feeling 100%) to putting me on top of my mountain again. Just a paragraph or two from this most amazing woman did this. It should be bottled. Kindness is something that for many just comes first nature, Kate from her blog ” Believe Anyway” @ http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/ is one these types of women. She speaks to the gentle nature of my own soul in writing style and her expressions of life. I found her blog quite by accident, but then really it is never about accidents is it? There is a “purpose, a rhyme, and reason for every season.”
Whether it is because of a purpose, a rhyme (riddle), or a reason Kate’s & mine’s paths crossed I don’t ask. There is no need to know because just knowing her is enough.. Trusting that she came into my world is enough.

I will accept this award today despite the blush on my face. I am truly quite puzzled by this attention to my voice. I am not someone who thinks of herself as anything special so this kind of attention, recognition feels awkward.

I write because it’s who I am. When what I say reaches and touches someone in any way I am humbled. This journey in life has and will take me down many bumpy roads, fast lanes, and hills with inclines that possible may break me. This is what I believe life is about. At least this is what my journey in my life is about.

Writing helps me navigate those roads, lanes, hills as if writing is my built-in GPS. It takes helps me map out the journey sometimes, and other times it helps me log in the miles for future deductions. As I believe that life is about the journey, not the destination traveling with goals and expectations can cause some discomfort. Yet the pillow comfort of writing helps soften the bumps and lets me put a balm on what hurts.

It delights me to no end that others like Kate find that what I share has some value in her own journey.
I thank her here for the recognition and faith in me that this is something blogging road is one I should continue following.

THANK YOU MISS KATE FOR YOUR FAITH & BLESSINGS!

 

 

From the Hug Awards Website:

http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

“Hope is an expectant desire; a confidence in a future event; a ground for trust and confidence; to think; to look forward to with trust and expectant desire.”

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they

Hope for Love………..Hope for Freedom………..Hope for Peace

Hope for Equality………..Hope for Unity……….Hope for Joy and Happiness

Hope for Compassion and Mercy……….Hope for Faith

Hope for Wholeness and Wellness……….Hope for Prosperity

Hope for Ecological Preservation……….Hope for Oneness

©tjhelser 2012

Newt’s Nemisis. & His House trouble

Newt Gingrich - Caricature

Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr

So I am wondering why with all the negatives in the press about Newt Gingrich why the former House Speaker‘s time of discipline during his reign is not being discussed? That in 1997 Newt Gingrich was sanctioned by his peers $300,00o . Then, in the 208 year old history of the House of Senates something like this had never been done. This was (& still should be) an embarrassment to Republicans.  And still is an embarrassment to this country.

Could this possibly be why we are not hearing about this when all his other skeletons are being dragged out? Are the republicans ashamed?

Yet through all the mud slinging not one mention of this. Not even from the Democrats.

“Newt has done some things that have embarrassed House Republicans and embarrassed the House,” said Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.). “If [the voters] see more of that, they will question our judgment.” as reported in The Washington Post January 22, 1997

It was reported then and obviously was enough proof for the House to vote to censure him.  That Gingrich had admitted that he brought discredit to the House and broke its rules by failing to ensure that financing for two projects would not violate federal tax law and by giving the House ethics committee false information is enough for me to know that this is not my candidate choice.

Ironically in the same Post article:  “the ethics case and its resolution leave Gingrich with little leeway for future personal controversies, House Republicans said”

I am confused. Is this the same House, the same Ginrich, the same republicans?  Things that make you want to go Hmmm….Did Newt turn over a new leaf?  Religion maybe?  Really?

“The 395 to 28 vote [closed] a tumultuous chapter that began Sept. 7, 1994, when former representative Ben Jones (D-Ga.), then running against Gingrich, filed an ethics complaint against the then GOP whip. The complaint took on greater significance when the Republicans took control of the House for the first time in four decades, propelling Gingrich into the speaker’s chair.”

Not surprisingly many democrats felt the fine was not stiff enough, and that it should have been paid out of his personal monies and not campaign funds or legal coffers. I wonder how and if the fine was ever paid. Another day of research in order?  Maybe someone who is reading this knows, or will be challenged to find the answer.

For Gingrich, it was another humbling event in a remarkable series of peaks and valleys since 1994. That year, he led his party to the promised land of control of the House and Senate, only to threaten it when he was blamed for two partial government shutdowns during the battle over the budget, making him seem reckless.

And this is who our people believe should have the unmistakably most difficult job of running our country’s budget?  If it had been proven that I in prior jobs to be inept and disruptive to the manner of running the business in a fiscal sense would I be hired for the same position again? Or one with even more responsibility? Would make no sense to hire me and jeopardize the integrity of the business.  Why not just set the business up to lose money and possibly bankrupt?

Gingrich also complained about his treatment on a long flight aboard Air Force One, making him seem petty. The GOP narrowly retained its House majority that November in 1997, giving him a brief reprieve. The next month, he admitted to the charges brought by the ethics subcommittee.

So trust is an issue too?  If he could bold face lie or deny any wrong doing then, so openly and brazenly behaving unethically then what stop him from feeling so privileged as our country’s leader? I am afraid to ask. Not only that I am fearful of allowing him that power,but also that freedom.

During the sanction Gingrich stuck his head in the sand so to speak. In addition The Washington Post reported back then in 1997:

“The speaker was barely visible yesterday, staying away from the House floor during the 90-minute debate and vote on his punishment. He was in his office and did not watch the proceedings on television, according to spokeswoman Lauren Maddox. Gingrich left late yesterday afternoon for a two-day GOP House leadership retreat at Airlie Farm and Confere He smiled broadly and said “yes.

House Democrats had considered trying to force a vote then on reconsidering Gingrich’s Jan. 7 reelection as speaker — the first for a Republican in 68 years — but decided against it, fearing it would distract from the harsh punishment being meted out. In addition, Democrats believe enough damaging information has been presented to tarnish the speaker, Democratic leadership aides said.”

Apparently special counsel James M. Cole concluded that Gingrich had violated tax law and lied to the investigating panel, but the subcommittee would not go that far. In exchange for the subcommittee agreeing to modify the charges against him, Gingrich agreed to the penalty Dec. 20 as part of a deal in which he admitted guilt.

And this is someone we should consider? I wonder why none of this is being discussed during his campaign and while the country’s primary’s are happening. Instead the media is focusing on such minor things as to whether he did or did not ask his ask ex-wife to join him in an open marriage? Seriously.  While although what our president does and behaves in his private life is a concern I believe that discussing or questioning Gingrich on the events that unfolded in 1997 and before is much more relevant to our country’s current needs That this behaviors  he would bring to the White house has more urgent need of exposing.

Whether he would lie, try to avoid tax laws, or deny any kind of wrong doing trumps whether or not he believed in open marriages in another time of his life in 1999.

The whole issue comes down to trust with me. And to be honest I’d rather not have a documented liar  & cheat in the White House leading my country.

And that my friends is how I feel. Gee, are you not glad you did not ask me to tell you how I really feel?

©tjhelser 2012

resource: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/govt/leadership/stories/012297.htm

 

 

 

Finding That Loving Feeling

Finding THAT LOVING FEELING

(Through Peter Yarrow and Winter Storm Warning’s).

It’s been a few weeks since I have had the creative wings to soar. Somehow I have lost my mojo and creating anything has left me high and dry.

I’ve started a canvas for a new collage, yet it just has a coat of white gesso and a light layer of Sunnyside Up yellow. That’s it. I have of course the slight out line in my head, but once I start working with other mediums the goal I am working towards starts guiding me to it’s end.
But where is my creative mojo? The voice that lets me express myself through my hands and some kind of medium.
Where is that loving feeling?

Although I crave being creative, and have to work with my hands, this latest block is one of mega proportions.

Here it is again.

Ultimate frustration with myself. With this body that is just a vessel for my soul. Yet it is one that I need at its full capacity  and when it does not live up to my expectations I get flustered, embarrassed, angry, and very frustrated.

I knew the weather was doing a number on me and as hard as I tried to head it off I  should have remembered I was done in before I started.
This is called chronic illness. No matter what the illness some of the symptoms are universal to chronic illnesses. There are those  symptoms that can be different, associated only with a particular illness. And then there is the difference in our bodies, how we individually respond and react to things.

I’m not certain which one is involved when the barometer is at work on my tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints, I just know from pattern watching that I am most certainly affected by when the barometer drops. I have written before about how my body can tell. I’m certain to some I may sound very like a nut. And that’s okay. I understand. I used to think my grandma was missing something very key. I wish I knew then what I know now.

How many times will I say that since the wise elder women in my family have all passed.? I wonder if my grandma had some way that she prepared herself. And that being questioned, I wonder if and how it impaired her life. Because it was certain that letting on to any of her family that anything was wrong, or was hurting, was just not going to happen. It was her way. It was the way of her time. Old School yes, but very old school even by my generation’s terms.
Sharing things like being in physical pain was just not done. And there is a lot to be said about that is many ways. But there is also a lot to be said about being stoic that can be harmful to your mental health, not to mention your physical health.

I wonder still (before I continue to digress) what kind of activities or forms of mindfulness my grandma used to help stave off the effects of the barometric pressure changing and the effects on her body. I need to know.

This last few days while the pressure kept plummeting I started getting more fatigued and pain symptoms began spiking. It happens every time. Long before it was suggested to me to keep a pain journal I had no idea what would trigger spikes. I cannot control all of the spikes in symptoms but there are things I now know that I can do that often make a difference in length and intensity.
This is how I discovered that barometric pressure changes affect my some of my symptoms.

There is plenty of documentation concerning this. THE WEATHER CHANNEL has a complete link dedicated to how the weather can affect your Aches & Pains.  A Forecast.  Really!

http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/achesandpains/weather/tenday/

It’s pretty cool. Kind of like the one for the pollen count. And I did not even know about this tool, if you will, until I began searching for facts about this topic. Some even have a name for this phenom:  Human Barometers, I discovered. While I will not go as far as saying this, I was happy to discover there was actual literature, studies and anecdotal stories about this.

This winter storm and the ensuing ones according to the national &  local meteorologist’s are exacerbating the fatigue in my chronic fatigued body, and spiking the pain in a body that deals with chronic pain daily. So it’s not that any of this is new.

Yet the timing of these winter storms really blow. No pun intended.  We have a concert to see Saturday night which means the artist, Peter Yarrow must be able to arrive at our small airport. Albeit the airport is always ready for the worst weather there is no control over incoming flights when the ground cannot be landed on for what ever reasons due to in-climate weather. It happens a lot here, but we thought by January we’d be so full into the season that another snow storm would be just another day. OOPS! Not when the first storm of the season does not happen until mid January. We are a resort town, we rely on snow for our city’s largest source of revenue. Summer & Winter our town rocks.
But the first snow storms of the season always take everyone off guard.  Gee, I wonder if they could use a human barometer?

Still wondering then if Peter Yarrow…  yes folks!  Of  THE Peter Paul & Mary,…still wondering if his flight will make to the high desert for his concert in our humble small city. This is to be the start of a very luxurious week for the man in my life & I. We have a date week planned. Peter Yarrow Saturday night, the next morning a trek over the mountain passes  (more indulgence into the Winter Storm Warning) into our states largest city for the night. Then up the next morning, lazy start to the day and another couple of hours  trek over the coastal mountains to the beach we go. For a well awaited & deserved week in a condo right on the beach. This beach is one we both grew up going to every chance our families got.  In fact my husband’s parents moved right near this coastal town when he finished high school. We raised our daughters going every time we could get away from the valley. This is  our beach town. Small, quiet, and not the tourist trap so many are. We rarely share this gem with anyone just for those reasons.

This time away is necessary and we’d go more often if I traveled better. Which is why we are breaking up a  normally 5 hour drive into two days. Spending the night part way is so by the time we get there I am able to enjoy the week. Surrounded by a handful of pillows I make the trek over as comfortable as I can.

I am wondering and looking at my own inventory to see if there is any truth to the idea that this last few week’s lack of mojo is about all of this. Did my creative energy start to wane when the reservations were being searched out? Has my creative mojo flown south when I began the process of getting this vessel called my body ready to head west?
That the idea of prepping myself for a week away from my normal routines which I know from prior experiences can exacerbate my symptoms, that this could be adding stress I am not able to recognize? I don’t know. It sure does not seem like it yet there are pointers here I need to look at closer.

First the slack in any kind of creative energy for me is weird. I am the kind of creative entity that doodles when I’m on the phone, read art books in the loo. Any free time I have I spend using my hands to make something. Even cooking is a creative process for me.
Yet weeks ago my energy began dipping. No art, no card making, no needlework, food that was barely called meals. Then this week I can barely write. What usually would take a few hours to complete what I call a days work now is taking many days. Emails that are really pen pal letters and that usually take the form of short stories have been short and to the point. My enjoyment is not any less. Just that my body will not last with the burning energy I need to express myself in ways that are necessary for my healthy self. My expressive self.

This should have been a sign but even old baroness’s can be taught new tricks. And living with a chronic illness is all about tricks.

For my next trick to add to my arsenal of tricks that help me cope will be adding this need to be more aware. Aware when my body is preparing for something big.  Something big like a Winter Storm Warning which sends the barometric pressure downward, and is a sign that my small world will change for a time. And something big like an evening concert with my biggest folk artist hero Peter Yarrow. Yet not to be out done by the week in the condo at the beach with my best friend forever. My husband.

Learning to listen to ones self is really hard. Learning to listen to ones body is almost a constant struggle. Quieting down the mind-the chatter that we all fill our selves up with is key. Quieting down the heart long enough to have heart for one’s self is loving, not selfish. These are lessons I am still working on.

Maybe one day these kinds of things will not be such a big deal to my life.

But then again… just maybe these kinds of things should remain huge in one’s life. If not they could become small everyday things that  no longer excite the body, the mind and the heart.

Maybe that would be more of a shame.

©tjhelser 2012

Resources:

http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5179460_barometric-pressure-affect-human-body_.html

http://www.ciesin.org/docs/001-338/001-338.html

http://www.robsworld.org/barometer.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15633634?dopt=Abstract

http://www.weather.com/newscenter/topstories/health/achesandpains/010712pressurearthritis.html?from=apfl

http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/achesandpains/weather/tenday/97701?x=6&lswe=&lswa=&whatprefs=&from=aches_welcome&y=11

MIA BLOG & So Much Else

I’M LOST TODAY WITHOUT MY BLOG!

I am lost today without your blogs. I’m lost without WordPress today.
I am lost without Wikipedia, without Medipedia.
I am lost with many websites today who are participating in the protest against a bill in the USA Senate. This is a bill that would create situations where censorship would be allowed.
I have fought censorship in schools and have fought it with television and radio. So I joined the protest. Out of habit I have found myself turning to different websites that in my natural course of the day I would visit often.

This morning as I work, while writing I found myself in the need of a fact. What do I do? I go to Wikipedia of course. It was just by rote that I did so. I had full intentions of honoring the protest, but I still need to work.
As I still needed this fact I have instead of a continued search effort I created a note for myself to go back tomorrow and find the information I need to be factual. This way I continue to write and still be part of the protest.

I’M LOST TODAY WITHOUT MY BLOG!  And it’s snowing and blowing so wickedly that staying inside is a must.

And….

I am lost today without your blogs,
I am lost without Wikipedia, without Medipedia.
I am lost with many websites today who are participating in the protest against a bill in the USA Senate. This is a bill that would create situations where censorship would be allowed.
I have fought censorship in schools and have fought it with television and radio. So I joined the protest. Out of habit I have found myself turning to different websites that in my natural course of the day I would visit often.

This morning as I work writing I found myself in the need of a fact. What do I do? I go to Wikipedia of course. It was just by rote that I did so. I had full intentions of honoring the protest, but I still need to work.
As I still needed this fact I have instead of a continued search effort I created a note for myself to go back tomorrow and find the information I need to be factual. This way I continue to write and still be part of the protest.

This protesting against using websites today on the Internet was something I jumped on to with little thought to what it would mean to my day.
Well, it has had an impact on me. Catching myself in automatically turning to a site such as Wikipedia for information that I could find just as easy in my library was a kick in this writers’ gut. Although easy to find it would certainly take a lot longer as well as having to move from my desk. It is amazing me to find how easily I turned to searching online. Me? The one who may never had her first computer if not for my husband knowing me sometimes better than myself. [sshhhh.. No word of this to my husband.]

And what about searching for images online? Nope!

Not today.

Going to a word program to write, because you know the need to write does not stoop just because you have blacked out your blog, going to a word program is old school now, Boring!
I don’t have the same set up as I do on my blog and although a word program may be more conducive to writing, my blog has become home to the words that seem to flow.  Whether on paper in long hand, or on a monitor saved on tiny bits of memory on my laptop, I write.

Today I missed my blog. But it was worth it to join in a protest I believe in.

I am not one to rip or burn music from some illegal boot leg source, only because musicians run in my family and they tend to be hungry lot. I’d not feel okay taking monies away from a musician for this reason.

I hope I never have used un-licensed images, but cannot swear to it. But if my art was being used all over the net, and being used in the private sector as something I am not giving credit to, I’d be pissed. So I get it. This is just some of the small ways I get it.
I know there is a much larger scale people are getting ripped off.
This being said though I am not willing to risk the freedom I have on the internet. I need free access to sites like Wikipedia.
There must be some regulations no doubt. But this Bill is not it. Go back to the drawing board Team USA. Go back and create a Bill that will not only pass without a raise of consciousness from the masses, but will be one that we all can live happily with.

To see the power of the people in action again today was magnificent.
It was empowering and took me back to days in the 60’s and 70’s. Seeing and feeling the acts of combined voices always pumps me up.

So though that I really missed my blog, my research sites, working online period, it was well worth the day off-line.

I’d do it again in a heart beat~

This protesting against using websites today on the Internet was something I jumped on to with little thought to what it would mean to my day.
Well, it has had an impact on me. Catching myself in automatically turning to a site such as Wikipedia for information that I could find just as easy in my library was a kick in this writers’ gut. Although easy to find it would certainly take a lot longer as well as having to move from my desk. It is amazing me to find how easily I turned to searching online. Me? The one who may never had had her first computer if not for my husband knowing me sometimes better than myself. [shh.. No word of this to my husband.]

And what about searching for images online? Nope! Not

today.

Going to a word program to write, because you know the need to write does not stoop just because you have blacked out your blog, going to a word program is old school now, Boring!
I don’t have the same set -up as I do on my blog and although a word program may be more conducive to writing my blog has become home to the words that seem to flow whether on paper in long hand, or on a monitor save on tiny bits of memory on my laptop.

Today I missed my blog. But it was worth it to join in a protest I believe in.

I am not one to rip or burn music from some illegal boot leg source, only because musicians run in my family and they tend to be hungry lot. I’d not feel okay taking monies away from a musician for this reason.

I hope I never have used UN-licensed images, but cannot swear to it. But if my art was being used all over the net, and being used in the private sector as something I am not giving credit to, I’d be pissed. So I get it. This is just some of the small ways I get it.
I know there is such a larger scale people are getting ripped off.
This being said though I am not willing to risk the freedom I have on the internet. I need free access to sites like Wikipedia.
There must be some regulations no doubt. But this Bill is not it. Going back to the drawing board team USA. Go back and create a Bill that will not only pass without a raise of consciousness from the masses, but will be one that we all can live happily with.

To see the power of the people in action again today was magnificent.
It was empowering and took me back to days in the 60’s and 70’s. Seeing and feeling the acts of combined voices always pumps me up.

So though that I really missed my blog, my research sites, working online period, it was well worth the day off line.

I’d do it again in a heartbeat~

I’m Joining WP in Their Censsorship Protest. Join Me?

Re-posted from WordPress.org. I am not sure if all my followers will see this, For those who are interested there is more info below and a link.

http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/join-our-censorship-protest/comment-page-3/#comment-147147

 

Join Our Censorship Protest!

 

by Jane Wells

 

Have you been paying attention to all the hubbub online about the proposed U.S. legislation (SOPA/PIPA) that threatens internet freedom? I wrote about it last week over on WordPress.org, but the gist is this: there’s a bill in the U.S. Senate that if passed would put publishing freedom severely at risk, and could shut down entire sites at the whim of media companies. Fight for the Future created this nifty video to sum it up better than I can.

 

On January 18, 2012, sites all over the internet will be blacking out to protest and try to mobilize more people to speak out against this bill coming up in the Senate next week — S. 968: the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — in an attempt to let U.S. lawmakers know how much opposition there is. WordPress.org, Wikipedia, and even WordPress.com VIP I Can Has Cheezburger? will be participating in the blackout to raise awareness and spur you to action.

 

Here on WordPress.com, we want to participate as well. Freshly Pressed will be blacked out during the strike.